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KIVA

Postby notself » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:38 pm

For those of you interested in the terrific work impact that microlending can have in peoples lives, I suggest you look into KIVA an American based lending organization that lends world wide. One can start lending with as little as $25 and re-lend when the original loan is paid back. As a lender one can join a community of other lenders. There is even a Theravada group.

Here is a link.
http://www.kiva.org/community?queryStri ... arch+Teams
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Re: KIVA

Postby andre9999 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:04 pm

I've been a member if Kiva for years now. Gift certificates make for interesting gifts too.

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:04 pm

I've been a member for awhile. Part of Team Theravada--sounds like a joke but there really is a Theravada Buddhist lending team. It's not really dana IMO but I think it's an excellent way to help people and you get to choose the type of project you'd like to sponsor. Sukhitaa hontu!
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Postby Prasadachitta » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:06 pm

I meditate in the morning with the Founder of Kiva. He is a very kind and humble person. I was pleased to find out what wonderful work he does. Its inspiring.


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Re: KIVA

Postby octathlon » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:09 pm

Any advice from those who have been doing this? It seems a little complicated to figure out if some loans would be better than others (the various lending partners and interest rates they charge to the borrowers for example).

I noticed the Theravada group had made one loan for a liquor store which seemed odd. :)

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Re: KIVA

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:16 pm

octathlon:

I always make sure that I'm not supporting anything which would break the five precepts when donating. That's about my only rule. BTW, the group doesn't donate together, only individuals do so although it is weird that someone donated to a liquor store that shouldn't reflect upon the group as a whole. Sukhi hotu.

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That's awesome. Anumodana to you both. Take care. Mettaya.
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Re: KIVA

Postby octathlon » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:27 pm

Khalil Bodhi,
Thanks for pointing that out about how individuals pick their own loans to make. Still reading and figuring it out.

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Re: KIVA

Postby notself » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:21 am

I saw a TV program about micro loans and it seems that women pay the loans back more reliably than men. Women take the profits from their businesses and spend the money educating their children more than men do. They take any left over money to re-invest in their business more than men do. I find this strange but this is now one of my criteria. I just lent some money in Pakistan. Evidently women apply for the loan, but they apply on behalf of their husbands. I find this strange as well but I will still lend in Pakistan. I also lent to a woman in New Orleans, USA who is trying to get her business back on its feet and can't get a bank loan.

As the loans repay, one gets emails from KIVA giving one an accounting. As the repaid money accumulates, it is available to re-lend. Once one gets the hang of things, it is a simple process.
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he is indeed the noblest victor who conquers himself. ---Dhp 103

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Re: KIVA Buddhists

Postby Will » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:33 pm

One does not have to join a KIVA team, but it is fun to see how your team measures up in the generosity standings. KIVA gives rankings & charts etc. Kiva Buddhists is one of the older teams which has loaned around $100,000 so far.

Who to give loans to is also fun. I have yet to have anyone or any group (groups are a better risk) default on a loan. One loan lost money because of currency exchange losses.

Join KIVA and foster self-reliance!
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Re: KIVA

Postby Will » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:33 pm

Join in and be generous! http://www.kiva.org/
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Re: KIVA

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:10 am

Just a gentle reminder: Kiva does good work in poorer communities and donations are recycled as loans to successive groups (which you can pick yourself) so (e.g.) $50 can help dozens of people in the long term.
There is a Theravada Buddhist team - http://www.kiva.org/team/theravada_buddhists - which you can join if you like. I just checked its stats and was a bit disappointed to find there are only 21 members. Surely we can do better than that?

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Re: KIVA

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:39 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for the reminder. I'll be making a loan today and will post the details here shortly. Anumodana!
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Re: KIVA

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:48 am

And this is my uposatha day donation: http://kiva.org/invitedby/michael81721951
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: KIVA

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:14 pm

:twothumbsup:

:namaste:
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Re: KIVA

Postby Ben » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:12 pm

Anumodana for your virtuous act of generosity, KB!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: KIVA

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:38 pm

Thanks guys and happy uposatha!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
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Re: KIVA

Postby Will » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:39 pm

Kiva has started making microloans to poor folk & small businesses in USA and now is adding a city focus - Detroit.
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Re: KIVA

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:30 pm

I finally got around to joining the Theravada Buddhists - Kiva team.

I have been meaning to do so, since it is a good cause and I like how it follows the "teach a man to fish" philosophy (so to speak, not necessarily literally) of making them self-sufficient, rather than giving them a "fish" to eat for just one day.

The team captain is Trent. Is he here on Dhamma Wheel? Anyway, thanks to Trent and KB for promoting this great cause.

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Re: KIVA

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:16 am

David N. Snyder wrote:I finally got around to joining the Theravada Buddhists - Kiva team.

I have been meaning to do so, since it is a good cause and I like how it follows the "teach a man to fish" philosophy (so to speak, not necessarily literally) of making them self-sufficient, rather than giving them a "fish" to eat for just one day.

The team captain is Trent. Is he here on Dhamma Wheel? Anyway, thanks to Trent and KB for promoting this great cause.


It's good to have you on board Doctor S! Mettaya!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: KIVA

Postby Terasi » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:31 pm

Joined, and loaned. I didn't know there's a Theravada group there, at first I joined Kiva Buddhist group because they are on the front page.


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